Arthemis: Blood-Fury-Domination-2017.

Arthemis:Heavy Power Thrash Metal from Italy.

Discography:

Church of the Holy GhostFull-length1999 
The Damned ShipFull-length2001 
Golden DawnFull-length2003 
Back from the HeatFull-length2005 
Black SocietyFull-length2008
HeroesFull-length2010
Pop Up Your Ass (Vol. 1)EP2010 
We FightFull-length2012 
Live from HellLive album2014 
Blood – Fury – DominationFull-length2017
Whole Lotta LoveSingle2017

Members:

Andrea MartongelliGuitars (lead) (1994-present), Vocals (1998-1999)
See also: ex-Andy Martongelli, ex-Fear of Fours, Bad Faith, ex-Power Quest, ex-Altitudes & Attitude (live), ex-Kobra and the Lotus (live)
Fabio D.Vocals (2009-present)
See also: Hollow Haze
Francesco TrescaDrums (2012-present)
See also: ex-Anemnesi, ex-Funeral Cry, ex-Hypnotheticall, ex-Power Quest, ex-Stigmhate
Giorgio “JT” TerenzianiBass (2013-present)
See also: Cristiano Filippini’s Flames of HeavenShip of Theseus, ex-Killing Touch, ex-Silver Lady, ex-Absynth Aura, Angels&Demons, Mr.Pig

Past Members:

Alessio TurriniDrums (?-2002)
Alessio GaravelloGuitars (rhythm) (?-2009), Vocals (1999-2009)
See also: A New Tomorrow, ex-Power Quest, ex-DragonForce (live), ex-Ground Control, ex-Bad Faith, ex-Frontiers All Stars, ex-Hotel 69, ex-Liquid Funk
Matteo GalbierBass (1994-2009)
See also: Siylit, ex-All Souls’ Day
Matteo BallottariGuitars (lead) (1998-2007)
See also: Siylit
Alberto CariaVocals (session) (1998-1999)
See also: ex-Bloody Rose, ex-All Souls’ Day
Paolo PerazzaniDrums (2002-2009)
See also: Siylit
Damian PerazziniBass (2009-2013)
See also: Bullet (Ita)
Conrad RontaniDrums (2009-2011)
See also: Elettrika, ex-Tabiant
Frank ValentiniVocals, Guitars (rhythm) (2009)
See also: ex-Dream of Illusion, Rainy Bloom
Paolo CaridiDrums (2011-2012)
See also: Cristiano Filippini’s Flames of HeavenEllefsonHollow Haze, ex-Killing Touch, Cosmic Dead Ringers, The Bad Guy Experiment, ex-Sweet Oblivion

One thought on “Arthemis: Blood-Fury-Domination-2017.

  1. hells_unicorn, April 10th, 2017
    Written based on this version: 2017, CD, Scarlet Records.

    The career of veteran Italian metal act Arthemis has, up until fairly recently, been inexorably tied to that of Power Quest. Perhaps it was an inevitability given that the two most consequential members of the former were also key players in the latter group during the 2000s, though their respective takes on power metal were a bit different and they were situated on near opposite ends of the European continent. Round about 2008 both bands were bitten by the modernity bug and radical changes ensued, which were immediately followed by the exodus of Alessio Garavello, who provided the pivotal lead vocal work for both acts, and thus began a full divergence in direction between the two as Power Quest revamped their entire lineup save Steve Williams and took the conservative road of trying to regain past glory and were successful for an album before subsequently splitting up, whereas when faced with reforming his entire band, Andrea Martongelli opted to march further down the path of modernity and with a mixed degree of success prior to a five year break in studio output.

    Blood – Fury – Domination, the somewhat longtime coming successor to 2012’s We Fight, presents a trifecta of outcomes that could represent the very nature of modern power metal itself. It follows a fairly similar amalgamation of heavy hitting grooves, thrashing riff work and more subtle hooks relative to the Helloween approach that typified the last couple albums, though in a bit more of a quirky electronic yet also grittier mode that is somewhat along the same lines of material put out by Brainstorm, Tad Morose, Mystic Prophecy and Iron Fire of late. The vocal work of Fabio Dessi is a tad bit more forceful than that of Garavello and gets a bit closer to that of Roberto Liapakis, though with a bit more of a high range, but what truly drives this album is the intensity of the instrumentation working behind the singing and shouting, as chunky and often thrashing riffs collide with a precise and powerful kit display out of fellow Power Quest alumni Francesco Tresca, not to mention a rather chunky and technical bass display out of the newly recruited Giorgio Terenziani.

    The assortment of metallic goodies rounding out this listen are consistently impact based, save the sappy token ballad “If I Fall” which is well realized, if a bit out of place, though fairly varied in spite of their compact time lengths. High impact thrashers are a fairly common occurrence, with the technical and highly ornamented riff monster “Warcry” and the more punchy and modern groove thrashing with a side order of tribal drumming like a better version of a mid-90s Sepultura effort “Firetribe” being the most overt of the pack. Then again, somewhat more grooving and mid-paced numbers like “Blistering Eye” and “Dark Fire” explode into a few furious sections and feature a lot of Bay Area inspired riffing, though often trading blows with a heap of technical shredding and Neo-classical tinged harmonies via Martongelli, proving himself to be one of the most criminally underrated guitarists on the scene (though Terenziani’s bass noodling on “Dark Fire” is no slouch either). The technical flair and busy riffs even find themselves making way for a couple of catchy rockers in “Undead” and almost metalcore inspired heaviness of “Into The Arena”.

    It is rather interesting to note that this album presents its title as a sort of pretentious triple punch, yet it is actually the strongest effort out of the three albums that make up the current era of Arthemis. This has a lot of the same elements that made Nocturnal Rites’ The Grand Illusion a rather atypical musical affair for 2005, though this is not quite as catchy and leans a bit heavier on the guitar and bass as virtuoso instruments in spite of the songs all being tailored to sub-five minute territory. A more current basis of comparison would be Brainstorm’s Firesoul (though that album had a far more compelling ballad) or Mystic Prophecy’s War Brigade if the guitar and keyboard effects were taken out of the equation. This is a band that differentiated itself from the more melodic and symphonic strains of power metal as far back as the late 1990s, and while they’ve since adopted a sound that is a bit more typical by present standards, this incarnation could be poised for great things if they hone the various moving parts in their formula a bit more.

    Originally submitted to (www.metal-observer.com) on April 10, 2017.

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